DROPS Baby / 21 / 3

Winter Wonder by DROPS Design

Knitted overall with Nordic pattern for baby and children in DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk

  • Winter Wonder / DROPS Baby 21-3 - Knitted overall with Nordic pattern for baby and children in DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk
DROPS design: Pattern no BS-005-by
Yarn group A
Size: 1/3 - 6/9 - 12/18 months (2 - 3/4) years
Size in cm: 50/56-62/68-74/88 (86/92-98/104)

Materials: DROPS BABYALPACA SILK from Garnstudio
Colour no 1760, light grey purple: 150-150-150 (200-200) g
Colour no 4314, grey purple: 50-50-50 (100-100) g

DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE SIZE 2.5 mm (60 cm) - or size needed to get 26 sts x 34 rows in stocking st = 10 x 10 cm.
DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES SIZE 2.5 mm - for arms and legs.

DROPS MOTHER-OF-PEARL BUTTON, NO 521 (15 mm): 6-6-6 (7-7) pieces

Knitting tension – See how to measure it and why here
Alternative Yarn – See how to change yarns here
Yarn Groups A to F – Use the same pattern and change the yarn here
Yarn usage using an alternative yarn – Use our yarn converter here

70% Alpaca, 30% Silk
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Pattern instructions

NOTE: This pattern is written in British English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from cm to inches - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in British and American English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in American English, please click here.
MOSS ST (in the round on double pointed needles):
ROUND 1: * K 1, P 1 *, repeat from *-*.
ROUND 2: K over P and P over K. Repeat 2nd round.

Inc 1 st by working 2 sts in 1 st before and after the marker.

GARTER ST (back and forth on needle): K all rows.

PATTERN: See diagrams M.1 and M.2.

Cast off for button holes by K 4th and 5th st from edge tog, then make 1 YO.
Cast off for 5-5-5 (6-6) button holes on right band when piece measures from where legs were placed tog:
1/3 months: 6, 12, 17, 22, 27 cm.
6/9 months: 6, 12, 18, 24, 30 cm.
12/18 months: 7, 14, 21, 28, 34 cm.
2 years: 7, 14, 20, 26, 32, 38 cm
3/4 years: 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42 cm

Worked in the round on double pointed needles. Cast on 38-44-50 (54-60) sts on double pointed needles size 2.5 mm with grey purple, work moss st for 9-10-10 (10-10) cm - Read explanation above. Insert a marker at beg of round (= inside of leg) and move the marker upwards. Then switch to light grey purple and then continue in stocking st - while at the same time inc 1 st on next round on each side of marker - Read INCREASE TIP above. Repeat inc every 2-3-4 (4-4) rounds a total of 14-15-16 (18-19) times = 66-74-82 (90-98) sts. When piece measures 21-25-29 (33-37) cm, cast off 2 sts on each side of marker (= 4 sts cast off) = 62-70-78 (86-94) sts. Put piece aside and knit another leg the same way.

Slip both legs in on same circular needle size 2.5 mm with cast off sts towards each other = 124-140-156 (172-188) sts. Now measure piece from here. Continue to work back and forth from mid front with light grey purple as follows (1st row = RS): Cast on 5 new sts on needle, K over all sts and cast on 5 new sts at the end of row = 134-150-166 (182-198) sts. Insert a marker 36-40-44 (48-52) sts in from each side (= 62-70-78 (86-94) sts between markers on back piece). Move the markers upwards when working. Then work in stocking st but work the 5 outermost sts in each side towards mid front in garter st until finished measurements (= bands). AT THE SAME TIME when piece measures 6-6-7 (7-7) cm, cast off for first button hole on right band - Read explanation above.
When piece measures 16-20-23 (26-29) cm, work diagram M.1 on next row from RS with 5 band sts in each side. NOTE: On last row in diagram M.1 (= WS), cast off 4-4-4 (5-5) sts on each side of every marker for armholes (= 8-8-8 (10-10) dec sts in each side) = 118-134-150 (162-178) sts. Now the piece measures approx. 20-24-27 (30-33) cm from where legs were placed tog. Put piece aside and knit the sleeves.

Worked in the round on double pointed needles. Cast on 38-40-42 (44-46) sts on double pointed needles size 2.5 mm with grey purple, work moss st for 5-5-5 (6-6) cm. Insert a marker at beg of round (= mid under sleeve) and move the marker upwards. Then switch to light grey purple and then continue in stocking st - while at the same time inc 1 st on next round on each side of marker. Repeat inc every 2-3-3 (4-5) rounds a total of 7-8-9 (10-11) times = 52-56-60 (64-68) sts. When piece measures 10-13-15 (18-23) cm, work diagram M.1 - On last round in diagram M.1, cast off 4-4-4 (5-5) sts on each side of marker for armhole (= 8-8-8 (10-10) sts cast off) = 44-48-52 (54-58) sts. Put piece aside and knit another sleeve the same way.

Slip sleeves on to same circular needle as body where armholes were cast off = 206-230-254 (270-294) sts. Then work diagram M.2 back and forth with 5 band sts in garter st in each side towards mid front (1st row = RS). NOTE: Dec 20-20-24 (24-28) sts evenly on row which is marked with an arrow in diagram M.2. REMEMBER TO CONTINUE TO CAST OFF FOR BUTTON HOLES ON RIGHT BAND! When diagram M.2 has been worked, there are 86-110-110 (126-126) sts on needle and piece measures approx. 12-12-13 (14-15) cm from where sleeves were placed tog (i.e. 1st row in diagram M.2).

Then work back and forth in moss st with grey purple as follows: K from RS while at the same time dec 4-20-16 (30-26) sts evenly on 1st row (= RS) = 82-90-94 (96-100) sts. Then work 1 row in moss st. On next row from RS, cast off for last button hole on right band. Continue in moss st until neck edge measures 2-2-2 (3-3) cm. Loosely cast off all sts.

Sew tog the openings under the sleeves and between the legs, sew on buttons.


symbols = light grey purple
symbols = grey purple
symbols = decrease

Do you need help with this pattern?

Thank you for choosing a DROPS Design pattern. We take pride in providing patterns that are correct and easy to understand. All patterns are translated from Norwegian and you can always check the original pattern (DROPS Baby 21-3) for measurements and calculations.

Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

1) Why is the knitting/crochet tension so important?

Knitting tension is what determines the final measurements of your work, and is usually measured per 10 x 10 cm. It is provided like so: number of stitches in width x number of rows in height - eg: 19 stitches x 26 rows = 10 x 10 cm.

The knitting tension is very individual; some people knit/crochet loosely while others work tightly. You adjust the knitting tension with the needle size, which is why the suggested needle size only serve as a guide! You need to adjust this (up or down) to ensure that YOUR knitting tension matches the knitting tension provided in the pattern. If you work with a different knitting tension than provided you will have a different yarn consumption, and your work will have different measurements than what the pattern suggests.

The knitting tension also determines which yarns can replace each other. As long as you achieve the same knitting tension you can replace one yarn with another.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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2) What are the yarn groups?

All our yarns are categorised into yarn groups (from A to F) according to thickness and knitting tension – group A contains the thinnest yarns and group F the thickest. This makes it easier for you to find alternative yarns to our patterns, should you wish to switch yarn. All yarns within the same group have a similar knitting tension and can easily replace each other. However, different yarn qualities have different structures and properties which will give the finished work a unique look and feel.

Click here for an overview of the yarns in each yarn group

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3) Can I use a different yarn than what the pattern suggests?

The important thing when changing from one yarn to another is that the knitting/crochet tension remains the same. This is so that the measurements of the finished piece will be the same as on the sketch provided. It is easier to achieve the same knitting tension using yarns from the same yarn group. It is also possible to work with multiple strands of a thinner yarn to achieve the knitting tension of a thicker one. Please try our yarn converter. We recommend you to always work a test swatch.

Please NOTE: when changing yarn the garment might have a different look and feel to the garment in the photo, due to individual properties and qualities of each yarn.

See DROPS lesson: Can I use a different yarn than the one mentioned in the pattern?

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4) How do I use the yarn converter?

At the top of all our patterns you’ll find a link to our yarn converter, which is a helpful tool should you wish to use a different yarn than suggested. By filling in the yarn quality you wish to replace, the amount (in your size) and number of strands, the converter will present good alternative yarns with the same knitting tension. Additionally it will tell you how much you’ll require in the new qualities and whether you’ll need to work with multiple strands. Most skeins are 50g (some are 25g or 100g).

If the pattern is worked with multiple colours, every colour will have to be converted separately. Similarly, if the pattern is worked with several strands of different yarns (for example 1 strand Alpaca and 1 strand Kid-Silk) you will have to find alternatives for each, individually.

Click here to see our yarn converter

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5) Why do I get the wrong knitting tension with the suggested needle size?

The needle size provided in the pattern serves only as a guide, the important thing is to follow the knitting tension. And since knitting tension is very individual, you will have to adjust the needle size to ensure that YOUR tension is the same as in the pattern – maybe you’ll have to adjust 1, or even 2 needle sizes, up or down to achieve the correct tension. For this, we recommend that you work test swatches.

Should you work with a different knitting tension than the one provided, the measurements of the finished garment might deviate from the measurement sketch.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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6) Why is the pattern worked top-down?

Working a garment top-down provides more flexibility and room for personal adjustment. For example it is easier to try the garment on while working, as well as making adjustments to length of yoke and shoulder caps.

The instructions are carefully explaining every step, in the correct order. Diagrams are adjusted to the knitting direction and are worked as usual.

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7) Why are the sleeves shorter in larger sizes?

The total width of the garment (from wrist-to-wrist) will be larger in the larger sizes, despite the actual sleeves being shorter. The larger sizes have longer sleeve caps and wider shoulders, so there will be a good fit in all sizes.

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8) What is a repeat?

Diagrams are often repeated on the round or in height. 1 repeat is the diagram the way it appears in the pattern. If it says to work 5 repeats of A.1 in the round, then you work A.1 a total of 5 times after/next to each other in the round. If it says to work 2 repeats of A.1 vertically/in height you work the entire diagram once, then begin again at the start and work the entire diagram one more time.

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9) How do I work according to a knitting diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is read from bottom to top, from right to left. 1 square = 1 stitch.

When working back and forth, every other row is worked from the right side and every other row is worked from the wrong side. When working from the wrong side, the diagram will have to be worked reversed: from left to right, knit stitches are purled, purl stitches are knit etc.

When working in the round every round is worked from the right side and the diagram are worked from right to left on all rounds.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

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10) How do I work according to a crochet diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is worked from bottom to top, from right to left.

When working back and forth every other row is worked from the right side: from right to left and every other row is worked from the wrong side: from left to right.

When working in the round, every row in the diagram are worked from the right side, from right to left.

When working a circular diagram you start in the middle and work your way outwards, counter clockwise, row by row.

The rows usually start with a given number of chain stitches (equivalent to the height of the following stitch), this will either be depicted in the diagram or explained in the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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11) How do I work several diagrams simultaneously on the same row/round?

Instructions for working several diagrams after each other on the same row/round, will often be written like so: “work A.1, A.2, A.3 a total of 0-0-2-3-4 times". This means you work A.1 once, then A.2 is worked once, and A.3 is repeated (in width) the number of times provided for your size – in this case like so: S = 0 times, M = 0 times, L=2 times, XL= 3 times and XXL = 4 times.

The diagrams are worked as usual: begin with the first row in A.1, then work the first row in A.2 etc.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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12) Why does the piece start with more chain stitches than it’s worked with?

Chain stitches are slightly narrower than other stitches and to avoid working the cast-on edge too tight, we simply chain more stitches to begin with. The stitch count will be adjusted on the following row to fit the pattern and measurement sketch.

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13) Why increase before the rib edge when the piece is worked top-down?

The rib edge is more elastic and will contract slightly compared to, for example, stocking stitch. By increasing before the rib edge, you avoid a visible difference in width between the rib edge and the rest of the body.

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14) Why increase in the cast-off edge?

It’s very easy to cast off too tightly, and by making yarn overs while casting off (and simultaneously casting these off) you avoid a too tight cast off edge.

See DROPS video: How to bind off with yarn overs (yo)

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15) How do I increase/decrease on every 3rd and 4th row/round alternately?

To achieve an even increase (or decrease) you can increase on, for example: every 3rd and 4th row alternately, like so: work 2 rows and increase on the 3rd row, work 3 rows and increase on the 4th. Repeat this until the increase is complete.

See DROPS lesson: Increase or decrease 1 st on every 3rd and 4th row alternately

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16) Why is the pattern slightly different than what I see in the photo?

Pattern repeats can vary slightly in the different sizes, in order to get the correct proportions. If you’re not working the exact same size as the garment in the photo, yours might deviate slightly. This has been carefully developed and adjusted so that the complete impression of the garment is the same in all sizes.

Make sure to follow instructions and diagrams for your size!

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17) How can I work a jacket in the round instead of back and forth?

Should you prefer to work in the round instead of back and forth, you may of course adjust the pattern. You’ll need to add steeks mid-front (usually 5 stitches), and follow the instructions. When you would normally turn and work from the wrong side, simply work across the steek and continue in the round. At the end you’ll cut the piece open, pick up stitches to work bands, and cover the cut edges.

See DROPS video: How to knit steeks and cut open

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18) Can I work a jumper back and forth instead of in the round?

Should you prefer to work back and forth instead of in the round, you may of course adjust the pattern so you work the pieces separately and then assemble them at the end. Divide the stitches for the body in 2, add 1 edge stitch in each side (for sewing) and work the front and back pieces separately.

See DROPS lesson: Can I adapt a pattern for circular needles into straight needles?

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19) Why do you show discontinued yarns in the patterns?

Since different yarns have different qualities and textures we have chosen to keep the original yarn in our patterns. However, you can easily find options among our available qualities by using our yarn converter, or simply pick a yarn from the same yarn group.

It is possible that some retailers still have discontinued yarns in stock, or that someone has a few skeins at home that they would like to find patterns for.

The yarn converter will provide both alternative yarn as well as required amount in the new quality.

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20) How do I make a women’s size garment into a men’s size one?

If you have found a pattern you like which is available in women’s size it’s not very difficult to convert it to men’s size. The biggest difference will be the length of sleeves and body. Start working on the women size that you think would fit across the chest. The additional length will be worked right before you cast off for the armhole/sleeve cap. If the pattern is worked top-down you can add the length right after the armhole or before the first decrease on sleeve.

Regarding additional yarn amount, this will depend on how much length you add, but it is better with a skein too many than too few.

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21) How do I prevent a hairy garment from shedding?

All yarns will have excess fibres (from production) that might come off as lint or shedding. Brushed yarns (ie hairier yarns) have more of these loose, excess fibres, causing more shedding.

Shedding also depends on what is worn under or over the garment, and whether this pulls at the yarn fibres. It’s therefore not possible to guarantee that there will be no shedding

Below are some tips on how to get the best result when working with hairier yarns:

1. When the garment is finished (before you wash it) shake it vigorously so the looser hairs come off. NOTE: do NOT use a lint roller, brush or any method that pulls at the yarn.

2. Place the garment in a plastic bag and put it in your freezer - the temperature will cause the fibres to become less attached to each other, and excess fibres will come off easier.

3. Leave in the freezer for a few hours before taking it out and shaking it again.

4. Wash the garment according to the instructions on the yarn label.

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22) Where on the garment is the length measured?

The measurement sketch/schematic drawing provides information regarding the full length of the garment. If it’s a jumper or a jacket the length is measured from the highest point on the shoulder closest to the neckline, and straight down to the bottom of the garment. It is NOT measured from the tip of shoulder. Similarly, the length of yoke is measured from the highest point on the shoulder and down to where yoke is split into body and sleeves.

On a jacket measures are never taken along bands, unless specifically stated. Always measure inside band stitches when measuring the length.

See DROPS lesson: How to read a schematic drawing

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23) How do I know how many balls of yarn I need?

The required amount of yarn is provided in grams, eg: 450 g. To calculate how many balls you’ll need you first need to know how many grams are in 1 ball (25g, 50g or 100g). This information is available if you click on the individual yarn quality on our pages. Divide the amount required with the amount of each ball. For example, if each ball is 50g (the most common amount), the calculation will be as follows: 450 / 50 = 9 balls.

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Comments / Questions (66)

country flag Delphine 01.07.2021 - 20:08:

Bonjour, Je suis en train de tricoter cette combinaison, je viens de finir les 2 jambes. Par contre, comme une autre tricoteuse, je n'arrive tout simplement pas à les mettre sur la même aiguille. C'est tout simplement physiquement impossible. Ou alors je vais abimer le tricot. Comment faire alors? est-ce qu'il faut tout détricoter et recommencer en aller-retour plutôt qu'en rond? Je vous remercie pour votre aide.

user icon DROPS Design 02.07.2021 kl. 07:21:

Bonjour Delphine, vous tricotez les 2 jambes en allers et retours, vous pouvez continuer sur les aiguilles doubles pointes pendant quelques rangs si vous êtes plus à l'aise (en tournant bien à la fin de chaque rang), mais l'aiguille circulaire devrait vous permettre de pouvoir tricoter librement toutes les mailles (contrairement à une aiguille droite effectivement).. Bon tricot!

country flag Susanna 09.03.2021 - 23:18:

Hallo, Ist es bei M2 angedacht dass der Faden am Ende einer Reihe öfters abgeschnitten wird (z.B. hellgrau lila nach der ersten Reihe)? Ansonsten habe ich das Problem, dass sich die Wolle in der richtigen Farbe für das Muster leider am falschen Ende der Reihe befindet? Dankeschön!

user icon DROPS Design 10.03.2021 kl. 07:28:

Liebe Susanna, wenn man mit einer Rundnadel strickt, kann man die Reihen anfangen, bei der Seite wo der Faden ist. Viel spaß beim stricken!

country flag Marion Schuhmann-Ränsch 18.10.2020 - 10:48:

Die Maschenprobe stimmt bei mir überhaupt nicht. Nach der ersten Probe habe ich gleich eine Nadel Nr. 3 probiert. Allerdings kommt nun bei der Maschenprobe nur 9 x 9 cm heraus. Was soll ich tun? Bei diesem Anzug ist es ja sehr wichtig, daß die Maschenprobe passt.

user icon DROPS Design 19.10.2020 kl. 09:01:

Liebe Frau Schuhmann-Ränsch, waschen Sie und lassen Sie Ihre Maschenprobe trocknen (= spannen Sie sie) und prüfen Sie noch mal, ob sie 10 x10 cm misst, sonnst sollen Sie mit grösseren Nadeln noch einmal versuchen - hier lesen Sie mehr über die Maschenprobe. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

country flag Katherine 25.09.2020 - 13:19:

Hello! The suit is absolutely gorgeous and the knitting with DROPS yarn is a pleasure, but I've got a question on knitting the sleeves. Is there a mistake or I should increase every three *rounds*, not *cm* ? In this case all increases (for 12-18m size) are made by the 27th row, which is less than 10 cm. Thx in advance

user icon DROPS Design 25.09.2020 kl. 14:42:

Dear Katherine, pattern is correct, you increase on every 3rd round in size 12/18 monts and at 15 cm from cast on edge work M.1 then cast off mid under sleeve. Happy knitting!

country flag Chris Lapointe 23.06.2020 - 18:28:

Is there a yarn that I can substitute for this pattern? (Winter Wonder) I'm looking for more colour options.

user icon DROPS Design 24.06.2020 kl. 07:20:

Dear Mrs Lapointe, you can find here all colours available in DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk - try our yarn converter to find alternatives (click on their name to see their shadecard). Happy knitting!

country flag Marie-Louise Björk 10.09.2019 - 14:06:

Hej! Är det meningen att jag ska klippa av garnet efter varje varv när jag stickar mönstret i oket? Eller tänker jag fel?

user icon DROPS Design 10.09.2019 kl. 15:44:

Hej Marie-Louise, i och med att du stickar på rundsticka, så kan du börja varvet i den sidan du har tråden. Lycka till :)

country flag Vivi Baun Højland 15.07.2019 - 14:21:

Har generelt været glad for drops opskrifter, men denne virker som en skrivebordsøvelse uden praksis. Perlestrik rundt med lige antal masker og et mønster hvor garnet ikke følger med, men skal brydes 😫. Virker så uigennemtænkt. 👎

country flag Varpu Torkko 06.06.2019 - 13:07:

Hei. Ostin alpaca uni colour lankaa. Mikään ohje ei ollut tälle langalle. Jos teen ohjeen mukaan omalla langalla niin eikö työstä tule isompi kokoinen kuin malli, kun tämä on ohuempi lanka.?

user icon DROPS Design 08.01.2020 kl. 16:50:

Hei, voit korvata BabyAlpaca Silk -langan Alpaca-langalla, niiden neuletiheys ja menekki on sama.

country flag Kenna 11.03.2019 - 22:45:

Hi, I was wondering if I can see if there is a video or maybe pictures to match the Instructions? I'm not sure I understand what to do once the legs are finished...

user icon DROPS Design 12.03.2019 kl. 10:05:

Dear Kenna, this video shows how to slip both legs onto the same circular needles - it shows the technique only, make sure to follow the pattern with the amount of sts cast off on each leg (not as in the video). Happy knitting!

country flag Åsa Nordgren 29.01.2019 - 08:17:

Jag har kommit så långt i mönstret att jag ska föra över benens maskor på en rundsticka men lyckas ej med det .Det blir ju så trångt så det går ej att fortsätta med stickningen. Förklara för mig hur jag ska göra.

user icon DROPS Design 29.01.2019 kl. 15:04:

Hei Åsa. Bruker du en rundpinne 60 cm? Om du syntes det blir trangt i starten kan du trekke høyre pinne ut, slik at alle maskene samler seg lenger inn på rundpinnen (du kan gjerne bruke en rundpinne 80 cm om du har det). Strikk det antall masker du får til før du igjen trekker pinnen ut. Pass på at du strammer tråden godt i overgangen mellom bena. Dette blir det samme konseptet som magic loop og kan kanskje hjelpe deg de første omgangene. . God fornøyelse

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